Scientists Discover Over 90 Volcanoes Under The Antarctic Ice Sheet!

in volcano •  last year

Antarctica, the frozen continent, has been in the news for some time. The last we heard was the breaking off of a huge chunk of ice, which was as large a a small country, reigniting afresh the debate between climate change protagonists and the deniers.

But the continent is back in the news due to a study conducted by researchers from the Edinburgh University who have discovered something which the scientific community had no idea of till now.

They discovered around 91 volcanoes two kilometers below the surface of the vast ice sheet that covers west Antarctica. In addition, the tallest of these volcanoes stood at around 4000 mtrs. This makes it as tall as Mt. Eiger, which is one of the tallest peaks in the European continent!



A photo of the mountains on the western side of Antarctica. [Photo Source]


Though not much is known about the impact the volcanoes may have, it is expected that the eruptions may not reach the surface as yet, but it could very well melt the ice from beneath and drastically destabilize the whole region above.

But as the team have stated:

The big question is: how active are these volcanoes? That is something we need to determine as quickly as possible.



The site for the volcanoes. [Photo Source]



Further reading


  1. http://nationalpost.com/news/world/researchers-discover-91-volcanoes-previously-hidden-under-antarctic-ice/wcm/b19e7839-2302-47fd-b78e-e67a1dfe4b62
  2. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/08/15/another-climate-change-nightmare-dozens-of-volcanoes-beneath-antarcticas-thinning-ice/?utm_term=.6a9ece9b1657
  3. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/12/scientists-discover-91-volcanos-antarctica
  4. https://qz.com/1052938/antarctica-has-the-greatest-concentration-of-volcanoes-in-the-world-according-to-a-new-study/

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I would like to know more of what’s under Antarctica... so many stories, it would be great to know.

Wow I didn't realize they were all along the coast. I thought all the islands under the ice had most of them.

My guess for why they are all along the coast is the continental plates come together along the coast.

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I'm disappointed, I though they were supposed to be pyramids built by ancient aliens!

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Crazy! So much we don't know.

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Incredible views of friends.

Wow! That's crazy.

Helo @norbu. This is my opinion.

Antarctica keeps a million mysteries when the world is ravaged by the ice age. The possibility of dozens of volcanoes that were discovered was closed when the ice age hit the earth. This is my opinion

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I would like to know what else is down there, from the images of massive pyramids, to satellite captures of some time electronic wave eminating from there. Something is up at the bottom!

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